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SSC President Lynette Stokes receives Egretha Award

information provided by South Suburban College

CHICAGO, Ill. (December 22, 2018) – South Suburban College (SSC) president Lynette D. Stokes, Ed.D., recently received an Egretha Award presented by AWBC Magazine at Chicago’s SMART Museum. The Egretha Foundation was formed 12 years ago to honor and celebrate the business achievements of African American women in Chicago. The 2018 Egretha Foundation awardees are accomplished women from Education, Corporate America, Community Development, Activism, and the Arts.

The 2018 Awardees include:

  • Cynthia D. Armster – Womanist Educator
  • Delmarie Cobb – Political and Media Consultant
  • Diane Dinkins-Carr – Fine Art Appraiser and Consultant, DDC Consulting Group, Inc.
  • Dr. Gloria J. Gibson – President of Northeastern Illinois University
  • President Kimberly Hollingsworth – Olive Harvey College
  • Dr. Suzet McKinney – CEO and Executive Director at the Illinois Medical District
  • Kathy Tossas-Milligan – UIC Epidemiologist
  • President Zaldwaynaka Scott – Chicago State University
  • Dr. Lynette Stokes – President of South Suburban College
  • Lesley Williams – Library and Community Equity Advocate.
Front row, from left: Yvonne Killbred, Zaldwaynaka Scott, Dr. Lynette Stokes, Delmarie Cobb. Back row, from left: Lesley Williams, Dr. Gloria J. Gibson, Kimberly Hollingsworth, Diane Dinkins-Carr, Cynthia D. Armster, Kathy Tossas-Milligan. (Photo provided)

“I applaud the Egretha Foundation for recognizing achievements of African American women in their respective fields of service,” said Dr. Stokes. “It is truly an honor and a privilege to receive this award with so many outstanding and accomplished women and also to share it with those trailblazers that have come before us.”

The Egretha Award was created in honor of Mrs. Egretha Hamilton, an African American Woman born into a hard working family that believed in the need for education, community service, and the ability of women of color to reach great heights. This award is presented annually to women who have demonstrated success and dedication.

October 1 marked Stokes’ first official day as the president of South Suburban College. She served as the Vice President of Academic Services at SSC for five years and previously worked in academic roles with the City Colleges of Chicago. She earned her Doctorate from Roosevelt University where she received the Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award. Dr. Stokes was also honored with the Kathy Osterman Award for Outstanding Public Service Supervision, 2014 Chicago Defender’s Women of Excellence Award, and a 2018 ICBCHE Trailblazer Award.

The Egretha organization is currently in preparation for a large March 2019 Women’s History Month event focused on STEM Leadership and opportunities for African American college and university women.

South Suburban College is a community college located in South Holland, Illinois, serving 21 communities, including parts of the Chicago Southland and northwest Indiana. SSC provides a variety of support services and leadership opportunities to its students in addition to a wide range of academic program options.

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South Suburban College offers a wide selection of career education and college transfer credit programs. Based in South Holland, Illinois, with a satellite campus in Oak Forest, SSC offers non-credit customized training, short-term instruction for business, and dozens of special interest classes.